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Why India's historic abortion ruling may have global repercussions

The Supreme Court of India has delivered a strong message to all parties involved, from the government and medical professionals to the people of the nation, by putting women's experiences at the center of its decision-making process regarding abortion rights: Women will be heard

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The Supreme Court of India recently gave a significant ruling that has the potential to genuinely enable Indian women to exercise their reproductive autonomy, particularly through access to abortion.

Indian law currently permits women to end a pregnancy under certain conditions with the consent of a licensed medical professional.

Abortion is legal - typically up to 20 weeks of gestation, though abortion is permitted later in exceptional circumstances - if a woman's life or health is in grave danger, there is a high risk that the unborn child will have physical or mental abnormalities, or if the pregnancy is the result of rape or failed contraceptives.

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